WSOP Main Event: The last supper

wsop2009_thn.gifNick Maimone, the PokerStars sponsored player from North Carolina, readily admitted today that he was running like God. Not only did he come from behind twice (once, a two outer on the turn), he managed to make pocket queens hold up against big slick. Within three hours this afternoon, he ran 1.5 million in chips up to more than ten million.

So, midway through the third level of Day 8, when he got in behind, he probably knew it was over. Maimone is a smart guy an he knows the rules of the PokerStars Blog One Time Chip. More on that in a second, but first how it happened.

Maimone came in for a raise with A♥Q♥ and got re-popped by Erich Buchman. Mainmone called and they saw a flop of J♣8♣T♠. Buckman check-raised Maimone all-in and Maimone called. He was behind to Buchman's jack-nine. Maimone had a bunch of outs until another jack came on the turn. That left Maimone needing a king and king only to survive.

That's when it was uttered somewhere around the feature table.

"King. One Time!"

There it was played. The PokerStars Blog One Time Chip.

If you are familiar with the rules of the One Time Chip, you are probably all-too aware that a One Time Chip issued from off the field of play is in violation of rule 3.113 (Geography and Distance) in the One Time Chip Terms and Conditions, and thus voids all warranties, promises, and magical powers.

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Maimone, as you have probably deduced by this point, missed his four outs and exited in 15th place for $633,022.

There are rules with the One Time Chip. We suggest everyone tell their rail the next time they go deep.

Players are now headed on their 90-minute dinner break, the last supper break of the summer portion of the Series.

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  • Slides them in
  • Releases
  • Kicks them in
  • Gives up
  • Sends them to the muck.
  • Lays them down
  • Flicks them in
  • Jams them to the muck

    "One fan? That's all really?" -- Feature table announcer Brooks Turk to the crowd after only person clapped for a winning hand.


    From time to time here, when things get slow, the PokerStars Blog writers sing songs about the players still in the event. Last year it, the best of the lot was "Ylon and winding road." This year, out of the gates comes Stephen Bartley with another Beatles reference riffing on WSOP player Steven Begleiter.

    Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
    It took me years to write, will you take a look?
    It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
    And I need a job, so I want to be Steven Begleiter.
    Steven Begleiterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!


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    Ben Lamb celebrates doubling up


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